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The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom Friday, April 10, 2009 - 7
in Italy unaffected
Kim proves he's still in charge
North Korean leader
attends meeting of
country's parliament "-
report no students
near disaster zone
By MALLORY JONES
While the ground violently
shook and buildings collapsed
during a 6.3 magnitude earth-
quake in Italy on Monday, Michi-
gan students studying abroad kept
According to The New York
Times, the earthquake in L'Aquila
killed 150 people and has left
40,000-50,000 people homeless.
But Michigan students studying
abroad in Italy were not near the
epicenter and their experiences
remain unaffected, officials from
the University's Office of Interna-
tional Programs and students in
After the earthquake, the OIP
made sure that all Michigan stu-
dents in Italy were safe by con-
tacting program coordinators,
Nicole LeBlanc, assistant direc-
tor of the OIP, said.
"That's one of the first things
we do," LeBlanc said. "We always
monitor global events and make
sure everybody's alright."
School of Art & Design junior
Claire Harold is living and study-
ing in Milan, which is about 380
miles from the disaster zone. She
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campaign that calls for assistance
from the Ann Arbor community.
The Performance Network
hopes to raise $20,000 from both
old and new community support-
ers. For every dollar raised, the
Performance Network will match
the contribution with money
from a $20,000 grant raised by
leading community supporters
and the Performance Network's
board of directors, she said.
To get the word out, Milarch
said the Performance Network is
taking advantage of every avail-
ableresource itcan. Milarch added
that the campaign calls on old and
new sponsors alike to make any
contribution that they can.
"We've had everything from a
dollar to $750 gifts," she said.
According to Milarch, as of 1
p.m.on Thursday,the Performance
Network had raised $4,900.
said she was unaware of the earth-
quake until the U.S. Embassy sent
an e-mail notifying U.S. citizens
Harold said although she did
not need any type of aid, she was
surprised at the lack of direct
communication between the stu-
dents and the University.
"The University has not con-
tacted me or anyone else I have
talked to for that matter," she said
in an e-mail interview. "I was told
they would in a time like this."
LeBlanc said the University
does not have any students study-
ing in L'Aquila.
LSA junior Alexandra White
is studying in Rome, which is
about 90 miles east of L'Aquila.
She said she slept through the
tremors and heard about the
earthquake from friends and
family checking to make sure
she was OK, and from The New
"I don't know anyone who was
directly affected by it, and while
the reports of the destruction and
devastation are sad, I have not
been directly affected," she said
in an e-mail interview.
White said while Rome was
unaffected, students there are
pitching in to help the victims.
"(A) school here in Rome, John
Cabot University, has put out col-
lection and donation boxes around
campus for students to donate
clothes, home goods and canned
food for the earthquake victims,"
"We are just trying to keep the
momentum going," she said.
Milarch said the company's
board of directors will meet at
the end of the campaign next
week to discuss the Performance
Network's future. If the goal of
$40,000 has not been met, she said
the board might consider closing
the Performance Network.
If all goes well with the cam-
paign, the Performance Network
will continue to fundraise after
the Wednesday deadline, Milarch
said. Performance Network
officials hope to raise $150,000
through grants from foundations,
fundraiser events and private
underwritings by Oct. 1.
She said the Performance Net-
work is hoping to collect as much
as $75,000 of the $150,000 from
Milarch said anyone who is
interested in making a donation
can directly call the Performance
Network or visit its website www.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A
visibly grayer and thinner Kim Jong
I1 proved yesterday he remains in
charge of communist North Korea,
presiding over parliament in a tri-
umphant return to center stage
after months out of the public eye
following a reported stroke.
Limping slightly, Kim arrived
at the grand hall housing the 687-
seat Supreme People's Assembly to
a standing ovation and praise for a
weekend rocket launch heralded as
"historic" at home though assailed
in some nations as provocative.
A master at building drama, Kim
fed the world's curiosity for months
about his health after reports said
he had a stroke and underwent
brain surgery in August - though
North Korea has denied that he
was ever ill.
Kim solemnly acknowledged
his reappointment as chairman
of the powerful National Defense
Commission, which under North
Korea's constitution makes him the
nation's top leader while his father,
late North Korea founder Kim Il
Sung, remains "eternal president."
"Having comrade Kim Jong Il at
the highestpostcofour country again
is a great honor and happiness for
our military and people and a great
happy event for all Korean people,"
a newscaster said on state TV.
State media made no mention
In this image made off KRT footage distributed by APTN, North Korean leader Kim Jong 11 reads a document during the first
session of Supreme People's Assembly of the country yesterday in Pyongyang, North Korea.
of Kim from August until October,
when there indications that he had
re-emerged, with accounts of his
visits to farms, factories and mili-
tary bases. But no video images of
him were released until this week.
And Thursday's appearance was
his first at a major public event, with
taped video footage broadcast the
same day, finally putting to rest any
question about whether he has recu-
perated from the reported stroke
that sparked fears of a succession
crisis in the nuclear-armed nation.
Kim looked healthy, if older,
on Thursday, but the weight loss
appeared to have been sudden,
leaving the skin on his once-pudgy
face hanging loosely.
Despite the limp, it was clear
"Kim JongIl has no problem ruling
the country," said Yang Moo-jin, a
professor at Seoul's University of
North Korean Studies.
Outside observers were watch-
ing closely for signs he may be lay-
ing the groundwork for a successor
following the health scare.
Kim has ruled the impoverished
nation of 24 million with absolute
authority since his father's death
in 1994, allowing no dissent or
opposition. Both Kims thrived on
an intense cult of personality, with
their portraits hanging in nearly
was elected to parliament in March,
and they are not believed ready to
assume the leadership mantle.
In a significant appointment
Thursday, Kim's brother-in-law,
Jang Song Thaek, a senior Workers'
Party member, was named to the
powerful defense commission.
Kim appears to be boosting
Jang's authority, perhaps to pave
the way for him to assume more
power, said Cheong Seong-chang,
a North Korea expert at South
Korea's Sejong Institute.
Military family lets press cover its dead son
lifted 18-year ban on
covering a fallen
soldier's return home
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del.
(AP) - The body of a Marine killed
in Afghanistan arrived at Dover Air
Force Base on yesterday, marking
the third time this week that the
media were allowed to witness the
return of a fallen U.S. serviceman
A Northwest Airlines 747 cargo
plane that left Ramstein, Germany,
bearing the body of Marine Lance
Cpl. Blaise A. Oleski of Holland Pat-
ent, N.Y., arrived at 4:50 p.m. at the
Delaware base, home to the nation's
largest military mortuary. Oleski,
22, was killed Wednesday in Hel-
mand province, the Pentagon said.
As the sun sank lower in a cloud-
dappled blue sky, casting shadows
on the tarmac, a white-gloved
Marine Corps carry team boarded
the plane. Steppingin cadence, they
flanked the flag-draped transfer
case bearing their comrade's body.
Songbirds chirped in the dis-
tance as mortuary chaplain Maj.
Klavens Noel said a prayer over the
Members of Oleski's family then
watched solemnly as the team gen-
tly moved the transfer case to the
end of a cargo loader, which was
slowly lowered to the ground.
Dover base commander Col. Man-
son Morris, accompanied by Marine
Lt. Col. Carl Henger and acting Navy
Secretary B.J. Penn, stood rigidly as
Oleski's body was transferred into a
waiting mortuary vehicle.
Oleski's family gave permis-
sion for the media coverage and
watched as the transport vehicle
drove off into the distance.
Oleski was assigned to 3rd Bat-
talion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd
Marine Division, II Marine Expe-
ditionary Force, based at Camp
The Pentagon's 18-year ban on
media covering the return of fallen
U.S. service members to the Dover
mortuary ended Sunday with the
return of an Air Force staff ser-
geant killed in Afghanistan. An
Army specialist killed in Iraq was
returned Tuesday and the press
was allowed to watch.
The new Pentagon policy gives
families of deceased troops the
right to decide on media coverage.
Of the four families who have been
given the option under the new pol-
icy, three have consented to cover-
age, military officials said.
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He said he was also displeased
with his adviser's "strict" e-mail pol-
icy - which stipulates he can only
ask 'yes' or 'no' questions via e-mail
- especially since he just needed a
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For Saturday, April 11, 2009
(March 21 to April 19)
This is a good day to think about who
you are and mhat you mast oat rof life.
You're not concerned with superficial
things. You want deep, bottom-line
(April 20 to May 20)
This is a wonderful day to do research.
Your powers of concentration are strong,
and you're very keen to find missing
information or hidden answers.
(May 21 to June 20)
Conversations with others will be sig-
nificant today. You might attract power-
ful people to you, or the subject of your
discussions with others will have impact
(certainly not casual!).
(June 21to July 22)
You're willing to let bosses, parents,
teachers and authority figures know that
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(You're more than just a pretty face.)
Others will be interested to know this.
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This is a great day for studying ary-
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time, disciplined and patient enough to
learn more about whatever interests you.
(Arrg. 23 tt Sept. 22)
You can accomplish much if you
tackle red-tape details like insurance
matters, inheritances, wills, estates,
banking, taxes and debt. You want to get
to the bottom of something related to
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
Conversations with others might have
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Discussions about plumbing,
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Playful activities, especially mysteries
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Read a whodunit, or catch a mystery
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Family conversations are not casual
today. They're intense! Guard against
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You might discover new sources of
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referral from the adviser to someone
else who could answer his questions.
Despite the fact that there is one
adviser for every 554 LSA students,
Dodd said that Markman's case is
unusual and that most students are
able to see an adviser within a few
days of their inquiries.
He added that the Advising Center
strives to meet the needs of students
by working with the LSA Academic
made up of 35 students that provides
feedback on new advising programs
- and the Student Affairs Panel on
Academic Advising, the LSA Student
Government subcommittee charged
with overseeing advising.
"As a result, we are very
attuned to student concerns and
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Charnik said the goal of their
music industry-centered busi-
ness is to create a more accessible
online community of fans, lesser-
known artists and venues with a
"[Relive]is a concept that records
live performances, markets them
and then distributes them for the
benefit of small concert venues and
emerging musicians," he said. "In
the long term, we want to develop
an online community that really
connects people with live perfor-
mances. This would create a medi-
um for artists and venues to have
instant access to their fans and vice
Charnik said the two came up
with the plan as part of one of their
have made many helpful changes
in what we do and how we do it
as a result of student participa-
tion in our planning and decision
making," he said.
LSA freshman Jordan Bailey, a
political science major, said he was
able to schedule an appointment to
see his adviser within a reasonable
amount of time, but it only added
to his confusion when he received
conflicting advice from his concen-
"When I went to my political sci-
ence adviser, he definitely told me
about a different path than my LSA
adviser," he said.
Students looking to enter the
medical field are faced with the
challenge of fulfilling numer-
classes in the Business School.
"We, as ateam, sculpted our ideas
into a viable business for our class,
New Venture Creation ES615," he
said. "My personal interests are in
the music industry in general, so I
was happy to help create something
that would bring new value for
Richman said after they came up
with the initial plan for the busi-
ness, they spent considerable time
consulting with experts in vari-
ous fields. Though they plan to run
the business themselves, they have
taken full advantage of the resourc-
es the University has to offer, Rich-
"We've spent a lot of time talk-
ing to all sorts of people: profes-
sors, people in the music industry,
those who operate venues and pro-
duce music," he said. "We also have
a music industry adviser with 30
ous medical school admissions
requirements in addition to regu-
lar LSA requirements, often with-
out what they describe as sufficient
help from advisers specific to the
LSA freshman Keely Browning,
who hopes to go to medical school,
said she was frustrated by the lack
of pre-health advisers.
"Pre-med requirements are hard
to fill," she said. "More specific
advising would be really helpful."
Dodd said he recognizes that
there is a shortage in appointments
for pre-health students and said he
hopes the problem will be recti-
fied next semester by a pre-health
resource room where peer advisers
will answer questions for students.
years experience - we're hoping
that it all pays off."
Richman said it could take a
while for the business to get off
the ground, but that making the
competition is an important first
"The one thing we're doing right
now is going to these types of com-
petitions to network a little with
different investors and to hopefully
win some money to start moving
ahead in our planning," Richman
said excitedly. "We're hoping to use
(the prize money) to launch a beta
version of our website, find finan-
cial partners and start to bring on
Following the competition,
Charnik and Richman said they
hope to work with students at the
University interested in computer
science or programming to get
going with their business plan.
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work on a project that will help
the group connect with the state of
"The chance for us to do a road
trip across the state is really mean-
ingful," Manzon said. "Especially
to the University of Michigan, since
we are racing across Michigan and
raising money locally that stays in
Michigan, which is something real-
Brewer said donating the pro-
ceeds to GOTR made sense not only
because it is a local charity, but also
because of its "shared passion for
running with important life les-
The members of MRun plan to
get the girls in GOTR involved in
the race by having them run with
the group for one mile down Huron
Street. Brewer said that by running
with the girls, MRun members hope
to share with them what they've
learned from the sport.
"Each one of us has discovered
how much running can enrich a
person's life," she said. "I hope that
this can be shared with as many
girls as possible through our sup-
port of the Girls On The Run pro-
Manzon said the group is hoping
to expand the race in the future.
"I think this is going to be a con-
tinual event that happens every
year," he said. "We'd like to make
a race against other schools and
continue to get Girls On The Run
involved across the state not just
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